TARGET INDUSTRIES & DEMAND OCCUPATIONS

Virginia Blue Ridge is a diverse region with various industries represented in the regional economy. Over the next ten years, specific industries have been identified as target and emerging industries for the region:

          Industry ClusterTotal
Jobs
(2016)
Projected
Jobs Change
(2016-2021)
Projected
Job Growth
(2016-2021)
Existing Target Industries
Healthcare21,3642,28011%
Manufacturing17,960(720)(4%)
Construction11,9333433%
Transportation & Warehousing7,2612964%
Financial Services7177200%
Emerging Target Industries
Food & Beverage Manufacturing1,214373%
Life Sciences17,9681,87510%
Information Technology4,4242686%

Within those industries, there are occupations that are projected to be in higher demand over the course of the next decade. Learn more about these occupations below, including local businesses in need of qualified employees, click on any of the occupation names to access our local fact sheet. To learn more about the target industries and additional occupations that are predicted to grow in the next decade, click on any of the industry names.

Target IndustriesEmerging Industries
HealthcareManufacturingConstructionTransportation &
Warehousing
Financial ServicesFood & Beverage
Manufacturing
Life SciencesInformation
Technology
Registered
Nurses
Team AssemblersElectriciansHeavy and
Tractor-Trailer
Truck Drivers
Financial
Managers
Food
Batchmakers
Insurance Claims
and Policy
Processing Clerks
Software
Developers,
Applications
Nursing
Assistants
Food
Batchmakers
Construction
Managers
Bus Drivers,
School or Special
Client
Customer Service
Representatives
Demonstrators
and Product
Promoters
Customer Service
Representatives
Computer User
Support
Specialists
Licensed
Practical Nurses
Welders, Cutters,
Solderers, &
Brazers
Electrician HelpersDispatchersFirst-Line
Supervisors of
Non-Retail
Workers
Packaging and
Filling Machine
Operators
Registered
Nurses
Computer Systems
Analysts
Mental Health Social WorkersIndustrial Machinery MechanicsOperating EngineersAirline Pilots, Copilots, and Flight EngineersTellersSales RepresentativesClaims Adjusters and ExaminersSoftware Developers, Systems Software
Medical and Health Services ManagersCarpentersOffice ClerksLight Truck or Delivery Services DriversFinancial ManagersFirst-Line Supervisors of Production WorkersTeam AssemblersNetwork and Computer Systems Administrators
Receptionists and Information ClerksMachinistsElectrical Power-Line Installers and RepairersFirst-Line Supervisors, Transportation OperatorsConstruction and Building InspectorsManufacturing ManagersManagement AnalystsSales Representatives
Psychiatric AidesWoodworking Machine OperatorsSecurity and Fire Alarm Systems InstallersBus and Truck Mechanics, Diesel Engine SpecialistsLoan Interviewers and ClerksIndustrial Machinery MechanicsSoftware Developers, ApplicationsComputer Information Systems Managers
Medical AssistantsHeavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck DriversTelecommunications Line Installers and RepairersReservation and Ticket AgentsChief ExecutivesHeavy and Tractor-Trailer Truck DriversBusiness Operations SpecialistsDatabase Administrators
Medical SecretariesSales RepresentativesCost EstimatorsFlight AttendantsSecretaries and Administrative AssistantsDriver/Sales WorkersComputer Systems AnalystsMarket Research Analysts
Dental AssistantsFirst-Line Supervisors of Production WorkersGeneral and Operations ManagersOffice ClerksSales RepresentativesLight Truck or Delivery Services DriversWelders, Cutters, Solderers, and BrazersCustomer Service Representatives